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Squaw Valley to host FIS World Cup event

Staff report
Squaw Valley Olympian Nate Holland earned a bronze medal in the X Games snowboardcross finals in January.
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After consecutive years hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships, Squaw Valley was selected as the site of an Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup from March 4-8, 2015.

The event will mark the first time the International Ski Federation has brought a World Cup event to Squaw Valley since the FIS Alpine World Cup in 1969.

The competition will feature the top global stars in the sport, including Squaw Valley Olympian and seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland.

Other top athletes will include Olympic SBX champion Seth Wescott, Olympic SBX medalists Alex Deibold and Lindsey Jacobellis, and World Cup skicross winner John Teller of Mammoth.

Cross racing pits athletes against each other in head-to-head racing down a course packed with jumps, bumps and berms.

“Squaw Valley has been a remarkable venue for our U.S. Championships and other major events with quality courses and enthusiastic spectator interest,” said Calum Clark, vice president of events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. “It’s been a goal for us to bring international events to Squaw to showcase the best athletes in the world — especially skicross and snowboardcross, where we have a strong local athlete legacy.”

Snowboardcross made its Olympic debut in 2006, while skicross debuted in 2010. Both events were among the top spectator events in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.